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Published on 06.07.2016 Interesting to see pieces of armor from those times so well preserved, especially since they would have seen actual use in wars. Even if they were repaired by the museum, it takes effort to keep them maintained to such a degree. Regarding the helmets, oftentimes the ones worn by regular soldiers were made cheaply and simple, but the ones in this video were probably worn by elite guards, generals and their retinues. All the different designs of helmets goes to show how well trained the blacksmiths and craftsmen were of the time, being able to mold materials into such fascinating shapes and intricate designs. Bushido actually started off as a fighting style that focused on bows so it seems that an adoption of guns during Nobunaga’s period would simply be that the samurai were returning to the old ways of Bushido, although with modern technology. The hand cannons would have been a force to be reckoned with, particularly against armies which failed to adopt modern weaponry or those who hadn’t seen them before. The primary use would have been to smash opening in castle walls but also used to cause panic amongst enemy formations, which even a small cannon could have achieved. The muskets and hand guns did weigh a lot more than swords, spears and bows but it must be taken into account that armor become redundant so soldiers would have left armor off, which compensated for the additional weight of the guns.